Bell's Oberon Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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1,751
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6,627
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3.83
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24.28%
 
 
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Photo of rwdkosak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Oberon of the year for me...I was a bit late but not too bad for the first week of April.

Poured lightly chilled into pint glass producing a nice light head over copper-gold color with quite a lot of carbonation rising to the top.

The nose is sweet and quite pleasing, as is the taste and a fantastic example of the style. Nothing extremely complex but certainly very drinkable, a perfect addition to a nice warm day in the sun.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed many of these once called Solsun bers. Sometimes with lemon or an orange, but tonight I had it plain.

Appearance is hazy and golden. A medium thick head that dissipated too quick. A nice lace was left.

It smells of yeast, honey, and mild hops.
A nice yeasty, sweet taste followed by a slight tart aftertaste.

Good carbonation, with a lingering coating on the palette

Very drinkable. With or without fruit.

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Photo of mrseano
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy orange/straw color with very visible sediment. White head recedes in size quickly but stays present for remainder of drink.

S: Citrusy wheat. Bit of funky orange peel.

T: Slight orange, medium body (fuller taste than expected), slight hop presence but not as much as many Bell's.

M: Get a creamy texture, may be from all that sediment floating around in the beer. Carbonation is obvious in this beer which adds to pronounced mouthfeel.

O: Good beer. It would be a quality beer to have sitting out on a patio with friends, and a better alternative to Blue Moon if you like a slight orange hint in your beer. Smell could use a bit of improvement, however.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: Tried this beer again recently and enjoyed it more this time. My ratings have been slightly upped, from my original 3.85

The original review is below:

First time trying Oberon and fairly underwhelmed.

To be fair American Wheats are far from my favorite beers, I adore The Hefeweizen, but feel The American Wheats lack in comparison.

So perhaps my opinion was clouded before the first taste.

From an apperance standpoint, I would rate this beer pretty highly. It's cloudy... has a nice thick head when poured into my Paulaner Hefe glass and in general is how one would expect a beer of this type to look.


From a smell standpoint, to be honest I can't really smell much. There is a bit of a spicy sort of smell. Can't put my finger on what it is excatly though. I do think it smells good though whatever it may be. Wheaty for lack of a better term, not as experienced in terms in terms of reviews of some of you, so please excuse my lack of a proper term.


The taste is solid and has the traditonal citrus taste again that you would expect from an ale of this type, but much like most American Wheat beers, lacks the complexity of The Germans and thus loses some points in my book.


That being said for what it is, it's solid enough, if not great.


This beer is dangerous, because it's easy to drink alot of and to drink quickly, due to it's easy going nature.

Expected more from this brewery though and while I would rate most of their brews in the excellent range, this one is mearly good.

Not something I'm likely to buy too often, but could see myself buying it two or three times a year, when in the mood for something different.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a bottle with an interesting label with a swirly sun which immediately invites summertime feelings. The beer was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is dark yellow/golden and cloudy. The smell is relatively mild with some hints of sweet malts and citrus. The taste is also very mild with a little hop on the finish, but not much. Not as much wheat flavor as I was expecting, either.

This beer really shines in its drinkability. Its flavor is mild, but still interesting and it would make an excellent session beer for any number of summer events.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden hazy color with a orange hue. Nice long lasting head.

S- Yeast, wheat, the bottle does not lie it does smell like a summer afternoon. Hint of carmel.

T- Spice, wheat, soft fruit and yeast.

M- Soft medium body, with little carbonation.

D- Great Drinkability.

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Photo of RodneyX
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber beer that smells of malts and hops and has a white head that leaves behind some lacing. This smells pretty wheaty and citrusy also. It is crisp and tastes like a slightly heavier than normal wheat beer with more flavor and more hops than I would expect. I would drink bottles of this and glad I can find it at a lot of bars.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellowish color with a small ring of head and a little lacing. Smell is wheat, hops, citrus. Taste is not very "wheaty" but nice citrus flavor, kind of sweet. Medium mouthfeel with high drinkability. I would love to give this another try.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's not likely for a wheat beer to knock you down with goodness... it just seems a simple style to me for some reason. Bell's does a great job with this one though. Something much better than the rest in my opinion (outside of german wheats, of course). In a world full of people that think Blue Moon hung the moon, this one could be very popular if it had more availability. Pours a very light orange, with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is grainy and wheaty, with some yeast notes. The chunky yeast floaters isn't my favorite thing to see, but I tried not to rouse the yeast in this one. Easy to drink, due to the light flavor and subdued herb/spice notes. This one gets it's spiciness more from the yeast and fermentation, rather than additives.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1 finger head with a nice amber/yellow color. For an american wheat there are many mild complexities to the flavor of this beer that keep it interesting to return to. Mild hop bitterness leaving the citrus, malty, wheat flavors to come through. Finishes very clean and dry. Refreshing and crisp, the perfect summer beer to quench your thirst.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a beautiful Golden wheat color, hazy with carbonation present. 2 fingers of a frothy off white head. Slowly fades into a wispy white-top. Good lacing. Nice looking brew!

S - light citrus (orange & lemon), yeast, malts. Not a very strong nose though, very subtle.

T - Like the nose, but more forceful. Citrus hops, with a good mix of malty backbone. Lingering light bitterness.

M - About what I would expect, fairly light-bodied. Carbonated and pretty smooth. Very drinkable on this warm evening.

O - I think its a solid wheat. This isn't my favorite style but for the summer months, I could see myself enjoying this one. I like it and glad I'm trying it. I usually shy away from the wheats.

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Photo of Transatlantic
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy yellow with shades of orange. White one finger head that dissipates at a normal rate, leaving beautiful lacing behind.

S - A nice crisp citrusy malt smell. First sign is lemon with a bit of orange or possibly a melon of sorts. A cracker sorta bread like smell sneaks in through the end.

T - Not bad at all. Very well balanced and perfectly carbonated. It delivers a slightly tangy citrus taste followed by a very faint hop bitterness. I want to say a floral hop of sorts.

M - Light bodied and crisp. Perfect for the hot weather!

O - This is a very easy drinking beer. It's no wonder it's such a popular brew in the Bell's lineup.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a straw color with a thin whitish head that disappears fairly quickly with little to no lacing...

S- Very sweet...orange peels and lemon, what you would expect from a summer brew...

T- On par with how it smells...sweet, with some orange, but also some spice....what you would find with any good wheat...

M- A little thin here...not bad, but just thin...decent carbonation, light bodied, and crisp...

D- A good summer brew, not my favorite, but by no means bad...definitley one you could find yourself drinking over and over on a hot day...

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is not a bad beer in any way, shape, or form, it has been deified locally, much like Fat Tire or other "flagship" brews from microbreweries. And like most of those beers, they are not the best offerings from their respective breweries.

Oberon is a very good beer, but not the great that a lot of locals believe it is. A good beer that you will never turn down, but you also might not ever seek out.

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Photo of kurtissellen
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Emptied into an oversized wine glass and looked a golden orange with small head that quickly faded. Got whiffs of doughy bread and oranges, as for the taste very refreshing and thirst quenching, I could have finished off many more on a hot day like today. Nothing is too overpowering in this brew and is extremely well balanced and other than the wheat it was hard to pick out anything else in this one. Excellent summer drinking beer I'll be picking more of this up.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle in pint glass.

a - golden color with white top and a little cloudy with some visible particles.

s - smells wheaty and spiced, maybe some apple going on there. No biggie.

t - funky. I'm not sure what it is but something is just not right with me. I'll try more this coming summer with the hope that last years was just not that good.

m - this is where this beer really makes a bust with me. It leaves something on the tongue - something not good. Maybe a spice that doesn't agree with me - like you need to go brush your tongue and rinse with some mouthwash.

d - the redeeming note is that it's pleasantly carbonated, and light enough to be sessionable. But this would not be my first choice for a summer beer.

Bell's Oberon and Dreamweaver are smash hits yet they are my two least favorite of their popular beers. They can make a killer IPA like Two-hearted (which I would gladly grab over Oberon in a summer swelt) to my beloved Kalamazoo stout which is just delightful. At Troegs in 2010, we attended their saturday tasting and got the trays and filled every growler we could find. When the waitress came and grabbed our trays, none of us had finished the dreamweaver or the oberon. The waitress was surprised enough to say, "Wow, didn't like the dreamweaver or the oberon?!" None of us did. Oh well. The rest were great! And even the scratch beat the Oberon. Hands down.

edit: And NO! I'm not throwing an orange slice in the bottle! If it needs an orange or a lemon, package it with one.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is such a great summer beer,6.5%abv.and very smooth,almost to smooth.Nice and cloudy,and wheaty on the nose.Creamy going down,round and balanced.

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Photo of chiapete
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy , hazy orange color with nice white fluffy head that left fairly quickly and left spot lace down glass.

aroma was faint but what was there seemed very sweet and fruity. light wheat , a little citrus almost seemed like a little peach aroma.

taste was a good wheat beer : light sweet a good mix between the hops and the malt . a little sweet but not over done. a little nut taste in the back.

No after taste , easy drinking pretty refreshing. a slight bitterness but nothing bad.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of tall 20 glasses the other night at paisano's in tr with dinner. Pours a light yellowish gold with a thick, slowly dissipating head. Smell is rather weak as expected in a wheat offering. Tastes of wheat and light hops and i will say this is better on draft than in a bottle although i like it either way! Clean finish. Light mouthfeel and slightly watery and easy to drink a pile of this stuff! Another winner from Bells!

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Photo of EliottJW
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking from a tumbler right now, typing on iPhone.

A - a bit murky, nice white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - crisp, sweet, light malts. Apple? Good? Yes.

T - again nice and crisp, bitter fruit with a nice, bready finish.

M - not quite as light as I had expected, but fine for a pale.

D - if this were available around me, I'd be stoked to pick this up for a summer seasonal.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have heard great things about this one so I wanted to give it a try. At first pour I am getting a nice sweet aroma, not too much head and it receeds slowly. Like the scent, a nice sweet taste, some yeast. Slightly hazy but nothing I did not like. Light body. Overall a good beer from Bell's. I would probably go out and buy this again, great for nice summer days in rainy Ohio.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange-gold and cloudy appearance. Nice citrusy smell. Quaffable. Hint of orange peel bitterness in finish. A good summer beer. I don't have a lot of experience to be able to compare Oberon to similar styles yet but I found this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Ave
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, as with most bells products, this beer can a very erratic pick, when it’s wrong it very wrong, but when its right....oooo baby! Look out. One of my all around favorites. I’ll be reviewing the beer in its optimal state, one that unfortunately is easily lost.

It pours an all cloudy yellow ocher, with a grand fluff or bright white. Viscous tracery throughout. Lightly lemony wheat nose, yummy orange spice. Buttery yeast & wheat, profile with just a touch of toasted….. something lingering in the back. Bright finish with a slight hop return. When it’s right, it’s got an amazing breadth of flavor going on, all at once, all in harmony. When it’s wrong….gah, it’s like watching your best friend get beat up.

Pairs amazingly well with swordfish.

Ave

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Photo of PorterLover83
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw. Almost like a light apple cider. Head stayed for a little while. Citrus tones in the nose with a slight hop presence. Orange, coriander mix well. Taste has a spicy citrus start with wheat malt and then gives way to a hoppy bitterness. On the lighter side of medium for the mouth feel. Very good drinkability, hits the spot after a grass cutting session.

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Photo of RichieS2
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd orange color, a little too dark to be considered golden. There is little if any head and the brew itself is cloudy with sentiment as too be expected from this style.

Smell: Definitely floral, the orange coriander and peel is evident. There is also some pleasant hoppiness beneath the citrus.

Taste: Excellent! To me this is the flagship of Bell's and for good reason. The sweetness of the wheat and the citrus blend together perfectly for a flavor that is unique to wheat beer and very satisfying. Some slight hoppiness with the finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively light, going down quite easily.

Drinkability: Great flavor and low body makes this the perfect summer beer. The keg offered at Meijer's is a great idea for a party.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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